Nevada struggles after
first inning in 13-3 loss
SLATER – The stars were not aligned right for the Nevada baseball team in its non-conference rivalry game with Ballard June 11 at Nite Hawk Field in Slater.
Coming off a big upset win over fourth-ranked Roland-Story the night before, the Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Ballard. But things quickly started to fall apart for Nevada as the team sputtered on offense, and Ballard scored in every inning en route to a 13-3 victory over the Cubs in six innings.
"We showed up at our ball park at 3 p.m. and batting practice was weak; we have a couple kids leaving today for a trip to Europe and two who were at (college) orientation and got here right before game time, so our pre-game warm-up was horrible," Nevada head coach Doug Anderson said. "After a big game last night, we were just flat."
Colynn Black and Alex Good hit back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the first. Good’s drove in Black with his single and he also made all the way to third with the aid of a Ballard error on the play.
Good later scored on a double from Brook Thompson to give Nevada the quick lead.
But Ballard came back with a run in the bottom of the inning, and in the bottom of the second the Bombers went up 3-2. Ballard scored three more runs in the third as Mitchell Broer hit a two-run home and Taylor Bridgewater followed with a solo shot off Thompson – who came in to relieve Black on the mound.
Nevada scored its final run in the fourth inning when Chase Stout singled in Owen Shawgo, who reached on an error and moved to second on a single by Chad Jamison.
Ballard countered with a run in the bottom of the inning and the Bombers scored two more in the fifth to take a 9-3 lead. Broer then cranked out his second home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to put Ballard up 11-3.
The Bombers scored two more times in the sixth, with a Kordell Lettow single driving in the final run as the game ended due to the 10-run rule.
Ballard finished with 17 hits off Black, Thompson and Anderson. Black took the loss after giving up three earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks in two innings.
"We’re busy this week so we pitched three kids that hadn’t pitched this year," Anderson said. "But to their credit, Ballard hit the ball. We just couldn’t match their intensity tonight."
Broer was 3-for-3 with five RBI, Bridgewater ended up 3-for-5 with a double to go along with his home run, Jacob Bernholtz went 3-for-3 with two runs and Lettow finished 3-for-5 with two RBI for Ballard on offense.
Good was 2-for-2 with a double, Black finished 2-for-3 with a steal and a run, Thompson finished 2-for-3 with a double and Stout and Chad Jamison both singled once for Nevada. John Jamison walked and stole a base and Patrick Stephenson also picked up a free pass for the Cubs.
With the loss Nevada fell to 5-3. Anderson said he looks for his team to turn things around quickly when Heart of Iowa Conference play resumes.
"Ballard is a big rivalry, so no matter what, it’s a big game, but on the other hand, it’s a non-conference game," Anderson said "I hope we can bounce back after being down like this tonight."
Ballard improved its record on the season to 7-4.
Ballard 13, Nevada 3 (6)
N 200 100 – 3 8 2
B 123 124 – 13 17 2
N: Colynn Black, Brook Thompson (3), Zach Anderson (5) and Chad Jamison
B: Lane Volkman and Kenny Randolph, Ryan Vincent (5)
2B: N – Thompson, Alex Good; B – Taylor Bridgewater
HR: B – Mitchell Broer 2, Bridgewater